Song 125 – Ode to Henry Thoreau

By May 4, 2018Songs

This song is referenced in the description of Song 118 – A Song of My Beloved. The music for this Song was not used as the music for a Psalm. I do not remember when I first read “Walden and Civil Disobedience.” I have a 1980 publication, which I have read several times and marked up extensively. The writings of Henry David Thoreau have had a big impact on me. I remember when Landmark sent me to Lake Tahoe to attend the Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics Annual Review in about 1989. I was struggling with some of the extracurricular activities of some of Landmark’s Management. Also, new shares had been issued, and I had said there should be new shares given to the Founders. John Mouton and Andy Hildebrand got the same number of shares, which total was the same as the total number of shares Gene Ennis and I received. However, as I recall Gene received 10,000 more shares than I did, and I was the one who suggested this should happen. As I walked the hills around Lake Tahoe during the breaks and in the evening, I was brooding about this and what to do next. I decided to start a new company, and decided to name the new company after a book I had been outlining for several years about a new kind of three-dimensional city: Walden 3-D. I never have taken time to work on the book since those days. Walden 3-D, Inc. was formed on the 18th of May in 1990. The first part of the name obviously comes from Thoreau’s Walden Pond. The 3-D part of the name was a play on B.F.Skinner’s Utopian novel Walden Two and Paolo Soleri’s Archology, about 3-D cities. There are 26 verses with 43 referenced quotes in the song. I like how the chorus states: “Vibrations ring out in the room, Where I weave songs on my loom [guitar], With threads from before in the womb, Which will echo long past entering the tomb.” I admit, I have a big ego. I do think the things I work on are important. I hope this importance will be recognized, and more important, I hope it will be used to make the world a better place for my descendants [and everyone else].

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